5 Anime You Can Watch Right Now! (Netflix Version)


This is part of The  ❄️ 12 Days of Christmas ❄️ 

Navigating the seemingly endless number of shows and movies on sites like Hulu or Netflix can be a daunting task. Netflix offers a much smaller selection of anime, but it can be hard to know exactly what they have. For this list I picked 5 series that can be watched on their service right now.

Both lists have shows that may be available from both streaming services, however, I will not denote this in the list. Shows mentioned are mostly for people newer to anime, but veterans who have yet to see some of these shows could easily enjoy them.  Lastly, shows are not listed in any particular order. 

1. Sword Art Online (Season 1&2)

39717Episodes:  25 & 24 (respectively)

Language:  English or Subs

Genre:  Adventure/Action

Sword Art Online, or SAO for short, is about players who find themselves trapped in a game of the same name. They soon discover the horrible truth, IF YOU DIE IN THE GAME, YOU DIE IN REAL LIFE! (That line is honestly the best) Eventually, the plot advances to different territory, so there’s a lot of variety that shows off what anime has to offer (good and bad).

This show is pretty polarizing in the anime community. However, it’s a pretty good show for getting people into anime. Personally, I find the show to be absolutely beautiful, and when I first started back up with anime, it engaged me enough to seek out even more shows.

2. Puella Magi Madoka Magica Franchise

7facd20f5216202349ad2fc3119e2e5b1329936788_fullEpisodes:  12 + 3 Movies

Language:  English or Subs

Genre:  Magical Girl/Action

This anime follows Madoka, a young girl who is offered a wish and the chance to become a magical girl. In exchange for this, she would have to fight witches and protect humanity from them. However, this choice is not one that is easy to make, nor one that should be made lightly.

Madoka Magica is one of those shows that, if you haven’t seen, you need to. If you’ve ever watched a magical girl series like Sailor Moon or Cardcaptor Sakura, then get ready for the ride of your life. If you haven’t seen a magical girl series before, well that’s ok too.

Netflix has the series and all three films. I’d stick with the series and movie 3, Rebellion. The other 2 movies basically retell the series in about the same amount of time as it’d take to just watch the series, so you can pass on them.

3. Fate/Zero & Fate/Stay Night:  Unlimited Blade Works

73249Episodes:  25 Each

Language:  English or Subs

Genre:  Action/Tournament

Recently, Netflix has put up both subbed and dubbed versions of the newest installments of the Fate franchise. These of course being Zero and UBW. If you are looking for an action-packed series that will melt your eyeballs from how gorgeous it looks, then this is the show for you.

I haven’t had the chance to actually watch this series yet, so note that this is a partially blind recommendation. The series is a must-watch for any fan of mythology, since much of the story is largely based on it. I’ve heard enough that it warranted a spot in my collection (I own the whole series), so I’m confident that it’s worth your time.

4. Psycho-Pass

43399Episodes:  22

Language:  English or Subs

Genre:  Crime/Mystery

If you are a fan of cop shows with a futuristic feeling, much like Ghost In The Shell, then this show is something you’d probably enjoy. Set in a seemingly utopian Japan, society is happy and kept in order by the “Sybl System.” This system is designed to stop help stop crimes before they happen, and acts as judge, jury, and executioner.

The series is provoking and is splashed with both action and intrigue. While the show can be a bit shallow in terms of the amount of depth it puts into its world, it makes up for by having an engaging story with the parts that they do show, being fascinating.

5. The Devil Is A Part-Timer

51yxqifdfmlEpisodes:  13

Language:  English or Subs

Genre:  Comedy

What would happen if the Devil came to our world? Well apparently, he’d start working at our local McDonalds and become an upstanding citizen. Hilarity ensues as the Devil attempts to “conquer” our world.

I haven’t finished this one yet, but it’s been hilarious so far. I’m confident in this recommendation since nearly everybody who’s seen it has walked away with a great experience. One down side, the ending is supposedly a bit lacking and leaves the viewer with wanting more. Hopefully, this series will get a second season, but for now, we can support it by watching what there is.


Hopefully this list was able to give you a place to start for shows that are worth watching on Netflix. Of course, there are other excellent series available from this service, so I’m sure I’ll be making more of these in the future!

Have you seen all of these shows? Did you love them or hate them? Have another great recommendation? Let myself and others know in the comments below! 

2 thoughts on “5 Anime You Can Watch Right Now! (Netflix Version)

  1. Looks like Netflix has a good anime selection, providing that you can find it! Many of these titles have featured in my annual Top 5 Anime of the Year posts. As you know, I loved the Madoka series but didn’t like how Rebellion played out. If the franchise ends there that’s fine, but the movie felt to me like an excuse for spawning more money-making sequels.

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    1. Netflix has always had a pretty strong anime selection which is surprising because they don’t really advertise it. Even with their exclusive shows. Madoka is a great show and I enjoyed Rebellion a lot. I have the CE of it even with the soundtrack. While it’s true that it blows open an otherwise shut story, I just found a lot to like in it. You may be interested in hearing about the time I hosted a Madoka viewing party.

      Link: https://jonspencerreviews.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/the-madoka-magica-gravy-party-experience/

      It’s a bit buried on the site so easier to just provide it. Feel free to check it out if you want.

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